Artist, curator and writer Julia Eckhardt shares with us 'Time Suspension (back and forth)', her own personal meditation on lockdown, recorded back in June 2020. Similar to her collaborative work with Elaine Radigue, Michael Pisaro, Angharad Davies and more, Julia lets the strings of viola dissolve into the fabric of time, gifting space for each gesture to sing and unfurl itself in an open realm.
"On each day in June 2020 a one minute improvisation was preceded by the memorised reproduction of the previous day’s minute. Yesterday and today were then superimposed, comprising, extending and suspending time during a very special historical moment in which a pandemic had brought life to a halt. Additionally, on each day a photo of the Brussels sky was taken, being linked to the sound by not more than the atmosphere of the day."
The audio of the piece is available as an MP3 and WAV, and the film Julia has made for the full piece can be viewed online (see right)
Julia Eckhardt - viola
Realised upon invitation by Another Idea / Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago
Cover design by Oli Barrett